BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

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Features include:

- Watch live TV
- Watch over Wi-Fi and cellular networks
- Download TV programmes to watch later (on devices running Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich and above)

We know some Android KitKat users are having issues playing downloaded programmes. We're treating these issues very seriously and have raised them with Google who, so far, haven't been able to provide a fix. We're continuing to work with Google on this and hope the issues will be fixed soon.

For more info on these issues visit

- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Browse through Category and Channel pages
- Cast content to your TV using Chromecast

We have developed the BBC Media Player app to improve video streaming playback on Android devices. You will need to install this separately from the Google Play marketplace.

To make installation of the BBC Media Player as easy as possible, BBC iPlayer will prompt you to install it when you first play a streamed programme.

The BBC iPlayer app uses standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The permissions the BBC iPlayer Android app asks to use are:

Read phone status and identity – allows us to securely link downloads to your device, so they cannot be copied to another.

Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage – allows the app to save images, metadata and downloads.

Full network access- allows the app to access the internet.

View network connections - Allows the app to access details about network connectivity i.e. whether the device is on Wi-Fi or 3G/4G.

Prevent phone from sleeping – enables downloads to be performed in the background.

Test access to protected storage – allows the app to check if there is space on your device to download programmes.

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Recently changed in this version

We’ve improved Favourites in the app:
-Adding and removing favourites now works more reliably
-Programmes that appear in favourites no longer lose their programme image

Search now has a dedicated page for search results and results dynamically appear as you type.

Many bugs were squashed in the making of this release.

As ever please send any feedback to @bbciplayer or on

Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer
  • (56 stars)

    by john jason on 29/08/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by Marley Jallow on 29/08/2014

    Good shows but make one for kids only

  • (56 stars)

    by Joseph Borg on 29/08/2014

    Uninstalling as playback is choppy and unwatchable .Don't think anything to do with Android as downloaded prog. From 4OD PLAY OK .

  • (56 stars)

    by Michael Passingham on 29/08/2014

    Nexus 7. Video playback stutters after 20 mins. Still not fixed after over 2 months. Incredibly impressive.

  • (56 stars)

    by Diane Boam on 29/08/2014

    Does not play downloads on samsung galaxy tab pro

  • (56 stars)

    by Nafisa Choudhury on 29/08/2014


  • (56 stars)

    by M McLaren on 28/08/2014

    Can't see any real reason you should know the phone identity. Finally forced to update, new look is horrible.